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Ravens reserve safety Anthony Levine cross-training at cornerback

Shorthanded at cornerback with Jimmy Smith (sprained left foot) out, the Ravens' contingency plans this week included having reserve safety Anthony Levine cross-train at cornerback.

Levine played some cornerback during the preseason with decent results.

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The special teams ace has been practicing as the Ravens' fourth cornerback this week heading into Sunday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The athletic 5-foot-11, 203-pound Levine has played sparingly on defense, seeing just five defensive snaps this season.

"I do feel like I'm getting more comfortable with it by getting to go against our top guys every day," Levine said. "So it's helped me a lot. It is fun playing corner. You got to compete every play. That's what I like to do. Everything happens fast, so you've got to be ready."

Levine ranks second on the team, behind linebacker Albert McClellan, with four special teams tackles this season. Levine finished second on the Ravens with a career-high 11 special teams tackles last season.

Without Smith, who has emerged as one of the top young cornerbacks in the NFL, the Ravens could have trouble against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receivers Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.

"We don't listen to outside noise," Levine said. "It [stinks] to lose our best corner, but it's 'Next man up.' Everybody has been working and believes in everybody's ability."

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